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Robert

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  • Black Diamonds: The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Catherine Bailey
    • Narrated By Gareth Armstrong
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliam's - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedy's; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.

    Robert says: "A blockbuster"
    "A blockbuster"
    Overall

    This book paints a most interesting picture of life in England on a vast canvas. It ranges from tales of royalty to those of mine workers living in abject poverty. The callousness of the English upper classes is well illustrated and the connections of the Kennedy clan to the English aristocracy and the tragic results of Catholic/Protestant bigotry was a revalation.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Vincent Marzello
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    In 1982 Debra Sue Carter, a 21-year-old cocktail waitress in Ada, Oklahoma, was raped and murdered. For five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson, a major league drop-out, and his friend, Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder. With no physical evidence, the prosecution's defence was built on hearsay and unreliable testimonies.

    Robert says: "A very disturbing story."
    "A very disturbing story."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Innocent Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As good as any audio book I have read so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I did not like anything about the story, But it is a story that must be told. This is a very uncomfortable true story that will leave any sensitive readers extremely disturbed. I am a South African and as such I have experienced living in a suppressiva Police State. But the characters in this story would have been extremely at home in the Apartheid regime. I had to ask myself who was more vicious, the murder/rapist or the bloodthirsty prosecuters and police.


    What about Vincent Marzello’s performance did you like?

    I liked the pace and delivery of Vincent Marzellos's performance and the variety of accents and voice tones employed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book frightened me intensely. I have read biographies of Stalin, Hitler and Mao, but this book illustrates that the terror tactics that they applied in a macro sense are taking place in the supposedly most civlized countries in a small but insidious way.


    Any additional comments?

    Be informed about the tactics used in this book so that you can protect yourself and your loved ones from this terror.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9256)
    Performance
    (3988)
    Story
    (3975)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Timeless wisdom"
    Overall

    Finally got to read this book. It was well worth the read and I should have read it 50 years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By John Nettles
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    There have been many biographies of Stalin, but the court that surrounded him is untravelled ground. Simon Sebag Montefiore, acclaimed biographer of Catherine the Great's lover, prime minister, and general, Potemkin, has unearthed the vast underpinning that sustained Stalin. Not only ministers such as Molotov or secret service chiefs such as Beria, but men and women whose loyalty he trusted only until the next purge.

    Robert says: "Must know"
    "Must know"
    Overall

    The horror of the Soviet Union under Stalin is something that must be made known. This book has done a lot to bring this reality to the fore. My only criticism is that this is an abridged version and in some ways seemed a bit disjointed. John Nettles renders a good narrative and I will certainly be encouraged to listen to anything else he might read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Hate People!: Kick Loose from the Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Littman, Marc Hershon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Littman, Marc Hershon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Face it, whether your company has 10 employees or 10,000, you must grapple with people you can't stand in the office. Luckily Jonathan Littman and Marc Hershon have written I Hate People!, a smart, counter-intuitive, and irreverent turn on the classic workplace self-help book that will show you how to identify the Ten Least Wanted - the people you hate - while revealing the strategies to neutralize them.

    Wayne says: "You will hate this book too."
    "Starts well, then what?"
    Overall

    This book had a subject that resonated with me. The book started well, but the second half of the book was filled with a lot of stuff that seemed irrelevant and was just written to fill up a book. It became a no sense read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9417)
    Performance
    (3969)
    Story
    (3978)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Born too late"
    Overall

    What a discovery! Gladwell has finally revealed to me the secret of why my son, born in September, couldn't shape in his age group as a swimmer. A brilliant concept and a brilliant book. Very appropriately narrated by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Troop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Andy McNab
    • Narrated By Paul Thornley
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    In 1983 Andy McNab joined SAS B Squadron, otherwise known as Seven Troop. This is Andy McNab's gripping account of the time he served in Seven Troop - from the day he joined them in the Malayan jungle, to the day he handed in his beret and started a new life. Never-before-revealed operations and heartbreaking human stories combine in his thrilling true story.

    Robert says: "Better than fiction"
    "Better than fiction"
    Overall

    The narrator gave this book an excellent degree of authenticity. The book was very disturbing and thought provoking. I have not read any of McNab's fictional titles, but this non fiction book gives a disturbing insight into the way that the real characters in the SAS are affected by the rigors of their profession. Well written and brilliantly narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life and Laughing: My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael McIntyre
    • Narrated By Michael McIntyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (59)

    Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

    Ann says: "Entertaining and engaging"
    "Not funny"
    Overall

    I expected a laugh a minute. There wasn't one. A nice little autobiography, but not a lot of laughs. Perhaps it's the way he tells it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Why England Lose: And Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Why do England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn’t America play the sport internationally… and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style?

    Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, "Why England Lose" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer.

    Shom says: "Good, not great"
    "audible spreadsheet."
    Overall

    This book provided me with some extremely fascinating views on football in general and make me realize that England can't win a world cup. The reading out, at length, of spreadsheets with hundreds of data entries makes this book unbearably boring in parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mascot

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Kurzem
    • Narrated By David Tredinnick
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Mark Kurzem was living at Oxford when his father, Alex, showed up with a secret to tell. During World War II, young Alex was made to promise never to reveal his true identity. The Jewish boy became part of the Nazi machine that killed his own people. Alex kept this secret from even his wife and children. But his torment increased and he became determined to uncover his Jewish roots. Shunned by a Holocaust organization, he went to his son Mark for help in regaining his identity.

    Robert says: "the mascot"
    "the mascot"
    Overall


    This is one of the most disturbing and haunting stories I have ever read. I was spellbound throughout and was able to see within this horror story an uncanny series of bizarre coincidences. I was moved to tears on numerous occasions during the reading. After approaching the subject with a degree of resistance (I kept it in my library for some time before reading) I must recommend this book most highly. Read it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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